Prevent Burnouts at WORK

January 20, 2022

Your time is limited in a world of ever-increasing demands, and your personal energy must be replenished. We’ve been confronted with a lot of anxiety and uncertainty. I’ve drawn on my inner power more times than I can remember, taking many deep breaths in the process. While I am aware that I am not alone, it takes a lot of energy to be a decent mother, a supportive child of aging parents, and a caring leader. What I’ve discovered is that I need to set aside time for myself and do things that re-energize me. Finding ways to actively manage stress and anxiety while maintaining a good work-life balance has never been more vital than it is today. Small efforts build up and help us and our employees avoid burnout. 

Burnout is defined by the World Health Organization as a syndrome caused by unmanaged occupational stress. Ask for help when you need it and be honest with yourself about your mental state. Keep your own energy safe. Rather than viewing the workday as a series of time intervals, we might think of it as a series of different blocks of time that allow us to align our to-do list with our energetic ebbs and flows. Companies across the world, including Intuit, are looking for new methods to care for their employees. In addition to the holiday season, many employees will begin to return to working in person and commuting back to offices, making it critical for employees and managers to recognize that this shift will provide unique problems and an increased risk of burnout for many. Our team put together a guide for our managers and employees that included advice for avoiding burnout and recharging your batteries. Determine the most important few priorities. Overcommitment is frequently the result of failing to say “no” or failing to establish and maintain healthy boundaries. Saying ‘yes’ when possible and ‘no’ when necessary, can help you prioritize what is most important. Prioritization is a difficult task, and it is one of the lessons our company has learned because of the epidemic. We know how to pivot quickly while still meeting the needs of both our staff and consumers. As we looked for methods to improve our employee experience, we listened to what our employees had to say and decided what would have the most impact. Our short-term objectives varied because of this approach, but we were able to keep on track with the key few long-term targets. Take a break. For ourselves and our team, taking time off is essential for recharging. According to research, working for long periods of time without taking a break causes burnout.  

Even if you never leave the house, time off can allow you to relax and find something you enjoy. Plan of time and keep in touch with your boss during your vacation. Put your vacation on your schedule, make a coverage plan, and let your coworkers know when you’ll be gone so you can feel prepared and unplugged from work while you’re away. The past year and a half have taught us that it’s never been more crucial to prioritize our health and take time away from work to recharge our batteries. We introduced “Recharge Days” after connecting with countless employees, managers, and leaders. “Recharge Days” is a coordinated, company-wide paid time off that allows everyone to unplug from work, rest, and recharge. Taking time off as a firm has helped guarantee that employees are not put under any pressure to work when some of their peers are not, allowing everyone to disconnect together. I’ve learned to cherish staycations, where we stay at home and discover new hobbies or tackle household projects as a family, and I’ve learned to embrace mini vacations more frequently. 

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